ADOPTION COMPETENT THERAPY : Kate Murphy Therapy
Kate Murphy, LCSW specializes in working with people suffering from anxiety and depression, and provides couples therapy including premarital counseling in the Atlanta metro area of Norcross, GA at the Pathway Center for Psychotherapy.
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ADOPTION COMPETENT THERAPY

WHAT WAS ADOPTION LIKE FOR YOU?

The adoption experience is unique for each person adopted at birth or later. 

 

You may have grown up hearing:

      • You were a gift.
      • You were chosen.
      • Have you found your “real” family?
      • Given up out of love or for a “better life.”
 

While these comments are well meaning, they are hurtful when examined more closely. The societal adoption narrative is that adoption is beautiful; the best outcome for an unplanned pregnancy and to help a childless couple build a family. 

 

This narrative makes it hard to process grief and loss or express desire to know more about your history. Understanding the impact of adoption is challenging when the more painful aspects of adoption are unacknowledged. 

Adoption does not ensure a better life. It does ensure a different life.

PEOPLE WHO WERE ADOPTED MAY eXPERIENCE:

      • Loss and grief. 
      • Feeling like an outsider. 
      • Sadness/depression including suicidal ideation. 
      • Not feeling like a real person. 
      • An overall sense of not being good enough. 
      • A tendency to people please. 
      • Fears of abandonment w/family and in relationship.
      • Avoidance or fear of intimacy. 
      • Secret keeping and/or a rich inner imaginary life. 
      • A sense of genealogical bewilderment.
      • Racial trauma and identity confusion. 
      • Shame about being relinquished and adopted. 
 

SEARCH AND REUNION

If you have begun searching or are in reunion you may be dealing with unexpected feelings that are disorienting and shocking such as: 

      • Grief: denial, anger, bargaining, sadness.
      • Intense fear of abandonment and cut-off. 
      • Rejection and abandonment.
      • Obsessive checking for information and communication.
      • Moodiness and irritability.
      • Headaches, GI issues, muscle aches. 
      • Genetic attraction.
      • Issues with sleep and appetite.
      • Anxiety, inability to rest or relax.  
 

Therapy offers space to explore your story through the lens of adoption maybe for the first time. For more visit The Couch (blog) adoption topics.

PROVIDING ONLINE & In Person THERAPY

Schedule a Free 20-minute Phone Consultation Today.

KATE MURPHY, LCSW

Kate Murphy, a therapist in Chamblee, GA, specializes in helping you decrease stress and anxiety. You can live a more balanced, connected, and meaningful life. Kate works with individuals and couples over the age of 18 to support healing, communicating, and experiencing joy more often.

Location:

2951 Flowers Road S., Suite 224 

Chamblee, GA 30341


Video Counseling available in GA and FL

Email: kate@katemurphytherapy.com
Phone: (678) 348-6017